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Top 5 Ways Michael Jordan Still Makes His Money?
Tuesday , Oct , 29 , 2013 Michael Brouillet

Top 5 Ways Michael Jordan Still Makes His Money?

Why Michael Jordan earns more money today than when he played in the NBA.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: With ballers going bankrupt left, right, and center, MJ shows us all how branding is king for long term success.

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Dwyane Wade’s Gatorade refridgerator (IMAGE)
Friday , May , 24 , 2013 Matt Formica

Dwyane Wade’s Gatorade refridgerator (IMAGE)

Ever since he went off in the 2006 NBA Playoffs and led the Heat to an NBA Championship, Dwyane Wade has been my favorite player.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  With a gatorade refridgerator like D-Wade has, you'd never get dehydrated.

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Top 5 NBA One On One Rivalries Of All-Time (Video)
Wednesday , Mar , 27 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 NBA One On One Rivalries Of All-Time (Video)

Basketball is a team sport, but when two studs lock horns, the other players on the court recede from view.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: So many great rivalries, so little time!

 

Today, Gatorade released an ad for it's new product "Fixation",which features Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade squaring off, each player dreaming of a different outcome when they meet one and each other on the floor.

So it got me thinking: Who are the best one on one match-ups in NBA history? 

Here are the first batlles that came to mind. 

Shaquille O'Neal vs. Hakeem Olajuwon

Their match-up in the 1995 NBA Finals has been washed asunder by the tides of history, but at the time, this may have been the best duel I have ever witness. Hakeem was paying the best basketball of his career this season (in the playoffs particularly)and maybe the best stretch for any center in NBA history. Shaq led the NBA in scoring this season (29.3 ppg) and was in the midst of establishing himself as the most physically dominant center ever. In the Finals, Hakeem averaged 32.8 ppg and Shaq scored 28.0 ppg.

Wilt Chamberlain vs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In the conversation about the best center of all-time, these two names are really the only two at the top of the list- it's really just a question of who is 1a and who is 1b.This excellent article breaks it down, blow by blow, and concludes that Wilt is the victor.

They played against each other 27 times, including 11 games in the playoffs of 1971 and 1972. In their first 11 meetings, Chamberlain was still able to (i.e. inclined to) score with Jabbar. In those first 11 games, Wilt averaged 22.8 ppg and 17.6 rebounds, while Kareem averaged 26.0 ppg and 15.6 rebounds.

50 ppg, 30.1 ppg over his career, 23 rebounds/game over his career, the only non-guard ever to lead the league in assists, 100 points in one game, the list goes on...Wilt was simply more dominating.

 

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

This is absolutely the most exciting match-up in the current NBA, with both players battling every night for supremacy. In five playoff games (last year's NBA Finals), KD outscored LBJ 30.6 ppg to 28.6 ppg. But James dominated in every other statistical category and also won the title, by a margin of 4-1. In 11 regular season match-ups it's the same story; Durant averages 29.0 to LBJ's 28.1, "Bron Bron" has the edge in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks and has won nine of the 11 games. "Durantula" has some work to do, potentially in this years NBA Finals. 

Dominique Wilkins vs. Michael Jordan

Of their era, these were the two most athletically gifted, electrifying players. WIlkins at times, looked like he almost had too much energy for his body, while MJ was always smooooooth. In 45 career games against each other, Jordan won 27 while "Nique" won 18. MJ averaged 31.6, while Wilkins poured in 29.8 as both players had almost identical stat lines. In one playoff series that the Bulls swept, Jordan averaged 34.3, 6.7 rpg, 4.3 apg to Nique's 30.0, 5.3 rpg and 3.0 apg.

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan

The significance of this rivalry isn't as much about the head to head play, though that was extremely entertaining, but about what it meant to the league- was it not old MJ versus a young version of himself? Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan played each other 8 times, four when Jordan was with the Chicago Bulls and 4 when he was with the Washington Wizards. The Lakers won 5 of those games. Across these games, Bryant scored an average of 22.8 points, while Jordan scored 24.5 points.

Oh,old man Jordan still has it.

What's your top five?

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Sunday , Aug , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

John Wall and the misconception of ‘a clean image’

"When I first cut my hair and all that and didn't get any tattoos, that was the main thing, having a clean image coming into this," said Wall. "That's what they want, to help you to be more marketable. And if you don't stay in the league a long time, it helps you get jobs after this."

 
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I'm not sure about this.
 
One the one had, John Wall wants to be what he perceives as professional. His serious approach bodes well for the future.
 
On the other hand, his comments speak volumes about misconceptions. A player with tattoos isn't a bad guy. A player with corn rows, dread locks, or a fade isn't a bad guy, either.
 
However, stereotypes exist. Fortune 500 companies want, as Wall says, a 'clean image'. For years, Major League Baseball's Roger Clemens was hailed as a model of purity. He had no tattoos, short hair, and a good ol' boy attitude.
 
Well, 'Mr. Clean' (allegedly) took steroids, (allegedly) lied under oath to Congress about taking steroids, and (allegedly) had an affair with a 15-year old country singer.
 
Then there's the double life of Tiger Woods. Nike, Gillette, Gatorade, and other multinationals shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to sponsor this great golfer and 'family man'.
 
Well, Woods was runnin' game. This 'role model' had more mistresses, baby mamas and booty calls than any athlete in the NBA, MLB, or NFL. And Woods' doctor is under investigation for providing professional athletes with steroids.         
 
Unfortunately, the corporate world is a reflection of society. Their values are, regrettably, intertwined with our values. So a 'clean' athlete is almost always favoured over an athlete with body art or 'unique' hair.
 
Perhaps we should remember character and actions are more important than appearing 'clean'.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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